Outdoors is where you have to be.
This is Kwazulu Natal. A place where the sun shines all year round, where the warm Indian Ocean calls, and the ‘fun never sets’.
From the dramatic peaks of the exquisite Drakensberg mountain range to traditional Zulu villages, magnificent game reserves, historic battle sites and the warm Indian Ocean lapping onto wide, sandy beaches, KwaZulu-Natal is a tourist’s paradise.
Let Thompsons Africa help you discover the treasures of this region.
With your accommodation booked and confirmed with our Thompsons Africa consultants, now select from our Day Tour experiences to really enhance your stay.
HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Daily between 08h30 & 09h00 • Returns at ±12h30
This tour begins as guests travel along the brand new Golden Mile, the revitalized beachfront promenade which hugs the beckoning beaches of Durban viewing the newly upgraded Point Waterfront. Guests will move through the City, viewing the majestic City Hall, and enjoying its humorous history. Continuing to the small craft harbour viewing the 8th largest harbour in the world. Drive past the sugar terminals and very busy harbour warehouses on your way to the University of Natal Durban Campus where guests will view lovely sights of the harbour down below. Then visit the bustling African and Indian Markets at Warwick Triangle home to 9 distinct markets developed around Durban’s largest public transport interchange and where approximately 6 000 street vendors ply their trade, to an average of 460 000 daily commuters an authentic experience. Visit the fascinating Phansi Museum – home to the largest publicly accessible collection of Southern African artifacts and traditions, including beadworks, headrests, Zulu clay pots and various other treasures. (Closed on weekends and entrance fee for own account). From culture to nature, guests visit the peaceful Durban Botanic Gardens founded in 1849, a treasure trove of massive trees from Asia, Africa and America, and a magnificent orchid house. Guests then conclude with a visit to an icon of Kwazulu Natal, the Moses Mabhida Stadium where you will have the option of experiencing the cable car ride (own account) to the top of the Stadium for that phenomenal view of Durban and its surroundings.
Durban City Hall
Markets at Warwick Triangle
Phansi Museum (own account)
Durban Botanic Gardens
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Cable car ride (own account)
HALF DAY TOUR
Departs Daily between 13h00 & 13h15 • Returns at ±17h00
Home to Africa’s largest dolphinarium, the globally respected Ushaka Marine World entices you to explore the wonders of Africa’s vast ocean life. It’s a fascinating journey around 30 in- and outdoor themed exhibits, and you won’t want to miss the spectacular dolphin, seal and penguin shows. In the aquarium, tank after tank offers a glorious insight into the wealth of South Africa’s Indian and Atlantic Ocean marine life, an experience not to be missed.
Ushaka Marine World dolphin, seal and penguin shows
30 indoor and outdoor themed exhibits
FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Daily between 08h30 & 08h45 • Returns at ±16h30
Experience traditional Zulu culture and customs at the largest Zulu kraal in all of Zululand, look into the future with an iSangoma or traditional healer, all this and more, packed into one exhilarating day. We’ve laid on some traditional Zulu beer for you to sample, while the craftsmen and community who make the spears, shields, beadwork, pots and their huts, open their doors so you can witness their skills and artistry. The Zulu dancers will thrill with their grace and energy, and made sure you’re treated to a most satisfying lunchtime feast. Come live a day in the life of a traditional community – you’ll find it informative and a far cry from anything you’ve ever experienced.
iSangoma or traditional healer
Sample Zulu beer
Discover Zulu skills and artistry
FULL DAY TOUR
Departs Mon, Wed & Fri between 05h45 & 06h15 • Returns at ±19h00
Note: A passport is required and visa conditions may apply
For those with a sense of adventure, a 4×4 drive up the highest road pass in Africa will certainly provide you with a hefty dose of adrenalin. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with its breath-taking scenery. From Durban, guests will drive through the green hills of the Midlands towards the little country town of Underberg. Here, the 4×4 vehicle awaits guests, the only form of transport equipped to tackle Sani Pass. You’ll have your passport stamped as you enter the Kingdom of Lesotho, and stop at a nearby Sotho Village for you to enjoy a taste of the local culture. Lunch is served at the highest pub in Africa truly and, it stands to reason, the views are utterly breath-taking. Once you’ve recovered your breath, you will wind down the Pass very slowly, and wind your way gently back to Durban. You’ll certainly have had a day filled with altitude.
4×4 Sani Pass experience
Contact a Thompsons Africa consultant for more details to book this package.
Tel: +27 31 275 3500